Patrolman Jose Antonio Diaz

Patrolman Jose Antonio Diaz

Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, October 8, 2005

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Jose Antonio Diaz

Patrolman Jose Diaz was killed after falling from a highway overpass, on I-95 near the interchange with I-595, while assisting other officers perform a felony traffic stop of a suspected police impersonator.

Because of the darkness, the area between the two highways appeared to have a solid surface. Patrolman Diaz attempted to take cover on the other side of the overpass barrier and jumped over it. He fell and landed on the ground, approximately 110-feet below. He was transported to Broward General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

The driver of the vehicle that had been pulled over was a private investigator and, upon investigation, was determined to have not committed any crime.

Patrolman Diaz had served with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for 2-1/2 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 16 years, 6 months
  • Badge 343

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

felony stop

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Hey Sylvia, you don’t remember me because I was a little boy.I remember officer diaz he was like my dad that I never had.I spent many hours at the 44 pct with him.I saw you a few time when he use to take us to play baseball.I think I saw his son in the 42pct or 40.hearing that Jose passed broke my hart in 2005


June 21, 2023

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